Five Advantages of Owning a Townhome: Your Life, Simplified
Life is busy nowadays and that means you have places to be and things to do. When you’re buying a home, the last thing you want to do is to buy something that will add more work to your already full plate — and that’s exactly why owning a townhome is so appealing.
There’s always a lot to consider when buying a home including: location, size, area, amenities, features, maintenance, utility costs and more.
But with more and more people looking to focus on experiences instead of things, owning a townhome that’s turnkey means you can lock it and leave it — and get back to living your best life.
Over the last few decades townhome living has become increasingly popular with more first time home buyers and young families moving to these types of homes. Vast numbers of townhome communities continue to pop up all over the country, and there’s good reason these homes have become so appealing.
On the surface, it may seem like it’s simply a cost decision, but townhome living offers countless benefits. Having a new home with modern features coupled with the low maintenance lifestyle are just two of the big draws for people considering owning a townhome.
Here are five reasons why owning a townhome may be the perfect solution for you:
#1. Less Maintenance, More Play Time
When you own a home, there’s usually an entire list of tasks that need to be cared for on a regular basis. But what if you could have all the benefits of owning a home without the hassle of extensive upkeep?
By design, townhomes require less maintenance, and not necessarily because you’re simply sacrificing square footage (townhomes don’t have to be small!). We all know that maintenance can take up a lot of time over the course of a month or a year, and most people would much rather be out enjoying their life instead of dealing with projects every weekend.
Owning a single family home can mean weekends spent mowing the lawn, tending to gardens, shoveling snow, repainting siding and so much more. Imagine having the free time to do all the things you actually want to do instead of being saddled down with the responsibilities of yard work.
#2. Smart Technology and Modern Design Features
There’s no question that one of the biggest perks of owning a townhome is that many of them are designed as smart homes with the latest technology integrated throughout. Everything from keyless entry to smart lighting can be part of your home — all with the purpose of making your home more efficient and your life even easier.
Townhome floor plans are designed to take advantage of any possible wasted square footage, and the multi-level floor plans offer more functional and versatile rooms that can be customized to your needs. Additionally, floor plans include high ceilings and large windows that pull in natural light and create a bright and inviting space.
New townhomes generally offer modern design and better features than you would usually find in a resale home. The house is move-in ready so you’re not spending the next two years (or more) renovating. Instead of spending your weekends at the big box home improvement store, you’ll be out having fun and relaxing.
#3: A Community with Everything You Need
Townhome communities are designed with today’s busy lifestyles in mind so they’re close to retail, school and other amenities.
With a townhome, you can maintain your ideal lifestyle while staying within your preferred location. You can get that urban feel without having to live right in the heart of a city. Plus, you’re far enough from downtown that you can get some peace and quiet, but still close enough to hop in the car (or take Uber or even public transit) and hit the city when you want. Townhouse living is the best of worlds for those who want the accessibility of urban living with the quiet of a more suburban setting.
A big draw for those looking at owning a townhome is that the communities have common areas, like parks and trails, where you can enjoy recreation and interact with people in the neighborhood.
Townhomes are located in close proximity, which naturally creates an opportunity where you can get to know your neighbors and build a sense of camaraderie within your community.
Even with the close-knit community feel, everyone still has ample personal space. While you have the benefit of neighbors close by, you can choose your level of engagement in your community.
#4. Lower Housing Costs = Better Cashflow for Adventure
Owning a townhome is often a more attainable option for first-time buyers as they’re more affordable than a single family home. A townhome gives you the feeling of “home” that you don’t necessarily get in a condo without the cost of a single family home.
Spending less on your new home means more money back in your pocket to do the things that you really want to be spending your time on. Things like hobbies and regular travel are easier to keep in the budget when all your money isn’t going to a mortgage every month!
From a long-term savings standpoint, you’ll see reduced utility costs in a townhome. Not just because of the square footage, but having a shared wall can actually work in your favor towards reducing the costs of heating and cooling your home.
#5. Peace of Mind with Home Security
Townhomes, simply by design and build, offer a greater sense of security due to being surrounded by neighbors. Your neighbors have a vested interest in keeping the neighborhood safe.
Due to the community nature of townhouses, it’s easier to recognize when things may be out of the ordinary. Noticing suspicious activities is more likely because both you and your neighbors are keeping an eye on the community.
Leaving your home for your latest adventure is much easier when you can just lock it and leave it with the peace of mind that you’ve got neighbors to keep an eye on your home.
No matter which benefits appeal to you the most, owning a townhome has so much more to offer than just a roof over your head.
If you’re in the market for a new home in the greater Seattle area, check out Westcott Homes current communities and see how we can help make your dreams of home ownership a reality.